AWS 將新的 Nitro 架構回過投來支援以前 Xen 的機種

Twitter 上看到 Jeff Barr 提到的這篇,講 AWS 決定讓新的 Nitro 架構支援舊的 Xen 機種:

原文是「Xen-on-Nitro: AWS Nitro for Legacy Instances」這篇,裡面雖然很美化的在講這件事情,但提到了幾個很現實的問題,第一個是仍然有大量使用者 (120 萬) 在用 Xen 架構的機器:

Today, we still have over 1.2 Million unique customers using Xen-based instances.

但這些機器其實愈來愈難維護,一方面是 Nitro 讓 AWS 省下很多軟體上的維護,另外一方面是幾乎不會有新的使用者用這些舊機種,在採購上面也會是問題。

However, the underlying hardware is old and it’s getting increasingly difficult to maintain support for these older hypervisor systems.

所以 EC2 的團隊把 Nitro 的 Xen 相容架構給實做出來,從 2022 年開始就可以全部都用 Nitro 系統,這樣對 EC2 團隊的維護成本就會大幅下降:

All of these innovations enable us to continue to offer many of our older instance types well past the lifetime of the original hardware. Starting in 2022, customers launching M1, M2, M3, C1, C3, R3, I2 and T1 instances will land on Nitro supported instances hardware and existing running instances will also be migrated.

技術債沒辦法消失,就用這種方式降低維護成本耗 XD

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